October 31: Halloween hoedown and other SF events 

Who’s in town

Funk and jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker performs a Halloween concert, kicking off a four-night residency at the SFJAZZ Center. [7:30 p.m., 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Literary events

Robert Jensen: The journalism professor talks about “Arguing for Our Lives.” [7 p.m., City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

John Brandi: The poet, joined by poet and translator Joseph Stroud, reads from “The World, the World.” [7 p.m., Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Lectures

Hal Holbrook: The actor appears in conversation with American Conservatory Theater’s Carey Perloff. “Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain” is his new memoir. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Earthquake alerts: Jennifer Strauss of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory gives an overview of the earthquake early warning system that seismologists are testing. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Gene Baur: The Farm Sanctuary president discusses humane farming and the links between what we eat and the environment. [6 p.m., Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building, Stanford University, 473 Via Ortega, Stanford]

At the public library

Thursdays @ Noon Films: “The Matrix,” Andy and Lana Wachowski’s 1999 sci-fi adventure, is the featured film. Keanu Reeves stars. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Halloween tunes: Francisco Herrera presents a program of Latino and Halloween songs. [11 a.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Horror harmonies

“BooGrass,” a Halloween hoedown, returns to Slim’s. The Pine Box Boys, whose blend of bluegrass, Americana and rock is described as “Southern horrorbilly,” headline the show. [9 p.m., 333 11th St., S.F.]

Local activities

Doom at the dome: San Francisco City Guides hosts a “Ghost Walk at City Hall.” Topics include assassinations and other ghastly lore associated with the domed site. [6:30 p.m., South Light Court, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F.]

‘Ripper’ madness: Thrillpeddlers presents “Shocktoberfest 14: Jack the Ripper,” a night of theatrical horror. The bill includes a Grand Guignol thriller, a one-act play, a spooky finale and more. [8 p.m., Hypnodrome, 575 10th St., S.F.]

Silent Hitchcock: The San Francisco Symphony presents Alfred Hitchcock’s silent thriller “The Lodger.” Organist Todd Wilson accompanies the film. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

IIsa: The potato-wrapped sea bass, with capers, Fresno peppers, parsley, tomato confit, brown butter and lemon juice, is recommended. There is a Halloween special today: Come in costume and get free Champagne with your entree. [3324 Steiner St., S.F.; (415) 567-9588]

Nightlife

Night chills: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences presents “Creatures of the NightLife,” featuring science and scares. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Music

Singalong requiem: San Francisco Renaissance Voices presents its “Hallowe’en Sing-a-Long Memorial Benefit,” featuring Faure’s “Requiem.” [7:30 p.m., Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Ave., S.F.; www.sfrvoices.org]

Theater

Scary improv: True Fiction Magazine, a theater company that improvises and entwines multiple genre stories, presents its “Halloween Horror” show. [8 p.m., Bayfront Theater, Building B, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Film

Comic horror musical: The “Rocky Horror Picture Show” — the longest-running midnight movie of all time — screens in a special Halloween presentation, which includes a live appearance by the Bawdy Caste. [11:59 p.m., Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore St., S.F.]

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